The Essence of Being Two-Faced and a Sunshine Patriot

All these folks now think rescuing an American soldier is terrible. Is it because President Obama did it?

Sarah Palin in 2009:

“Todd and I are praying for Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, his family, and all of his fellow soldiers who are putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom and protect democracy abroad,” Governor Palin said. “The capture of Private Bergdahl and the bombings in Jakarta prove that we have not defeated terrorism, and that radical extremists will stop at nothing to attack Westerners and our ideals.”

Kelly Ayotte, January 2014:

This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family,” Ayotte wrote in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Oliver North, 2011 Facebook post:

Today, I received from the National League of POW/MIA Families, a “Never Forget Bracelet” emblazoned with the name of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He was seized on June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and is being held by the Haqqani Organization – a Taliban afilliated terrorist group – in northwest Pakistan. Sgt Bergdahl and his loved ones here at home deserve our prayers and encouragement until he is rescued or released. That’s what we do. We’re Americans.

Jim Inhofe, June 2013:

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier, was taken prisoner by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network while deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009.  Sen. Inhofe supported this amendment that raises awareness of SGT Bergdahl’s capture to continue to maximize efforts to return him and reminds the Senate of one of the basic pillars of the Army’s Warrior Ethos: ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade.’

Inhofe added, “The mission to bring our missing Soldiers home is one that will never end. It’s important that we make every effort to bring this captured Soldier home to his family.”

Duncan Hunter, early 2014:

“Given the significance and necessity for centralized command and control, which I have been informed is little to nonexistent, I urge you to seriously consider the idea of directing an individual to organize, manage and coordinate activity that involves multiple elements of the federal government working toward Bergdahl’s release,” wrote Hunter, a Marine veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mitch McConnel and Pat Toomey, April 2014:

no member of the armed forces who is missing in action or captured should be left behind.

I’m sure there are many more out there scrubbing their websites at this very moment.

UPDATE:

National Review, Reihan Salam, September 2013:  the Administration’s proposal to free five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo in exchange for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is an example of “acts of selfless statesmanship”.

Pajama’s Media, January 2014: Report that  Bergdahl’s father was circulating a petition asking the Obama administration to “take action to secure the release, or rescue, or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, using all means available, including force.” – with link so that PJ Media readers could add their names.

Here is an editorial in the Wall Street Journal from July 2011 looking forward to the day when Bergdahl – despite the “murky” circumstances of his capture – gets to lead an independence day parade.

SUPER UPDATE

The men Obama has abandoned
Written by Allen West on December 10, 2013

President Obama is in South Africa for his self-gratifying opportunity to get before cameras for the funeral of Nelson Mandela and shake Raul Castro’s hand. As we wrote Sunday evening, seems that British PM Margaret Thatcher was not deserving of his time or attention.

It got me thinking of others who seemingly do not deserve President Obama’s time or attention. In the military we live by a code that defines our commitment to each other, an undying devotion of “Leave no Man Behind.”

Then there is Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl still held by the Islamic terrorist Haqqani network, probably in Pakistan, in the same place where Osama Bin Laden was hiding. This past POW/MIA national day of recognition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated a pledge to secure the young Army NCO being held captive, but have there been any actions? Any time, attention, or even mention from the Commander-in-Chief? Nah, no camera highlights in it for him.

 

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Boko Haram slaughters hundreds

{AP report – true or not, it sounds like a scene from film Tears of the Sun. The killing has to stop.}

After the militants forced everyone into the village centers, “they began to shout `Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar,’ then they started to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all who had gathered were dead,” he said. Allahu akbar means God is great.

The killings took place in the villages of Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara, part of Gwoza district in Borno state. The community leader said he fled to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, adding that some who escaped the massacre crossed into the neighboring country of Cameroon while others remain trapped in the mountainous region.

“They still see the gunmen going about attacking villages and hamlets by setting them on fire,” he said.

via News from The Associated Press.

Report of bed bugs in Butler County court | www.journal-news.com

Hearings scheduled for an Oxford courtroom this afternoon are being diverted to Butler County Area II Court due to a report of bed bugs allegedly in the courtroom.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he received a report that bugs, possibly bed bugs, were at the defense table in Butler County Area I Court in Oxford.

“The court administrator needs to determine if there is a bed bug problem,” Gmoser said. “If it is determined it is bed bugs, I don’t want my staff there exposed to it.”

Area I Judge Robert Lyons held court this morning in Oxford, but at the court’s request the afternoon docket has been moved to Area II Court in Hamilton, according to court employee Chrystal Hershner. The court administrator is not in today, she said.

Lyons said someone reported seeing a bed bug in the court and they contacted the city of Oxford, which owns the building.

“It was going to be several hours before they could get their with exterminators to check it out, so we took the high road,” Lyons said. Cases not already called on the morning docket were given a continuance, the judge said.

The judge said there is no confirmation yet what type of bug was seen. He said there should be a determination by Friday.

via Report of bed bugs in Butler County court | www.journal-news.com.

Are these the first blooms of a ‘Palestinian summer’? | Ahmad Samih Khalidi | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The new Palestinian “reconciliation” government is first and foremost a response to an overwhelming popular desire to end the seven-year-old rift between Fatah and Hamas – a split that has inflicted deep scars on the Palestinian polity and threatened to leave Gaza in permanent secession from the West Bank.

But it also reflects a new independent-mindedness on the part of the Palestinian Authority’s leadership, and a readiness to give precedence to the Palestinian national interest above other considerations. It is of course no coincidence that the realisation of this aim has followed the collapse of the last round of US-sponsored negotiations with Israel. Long accused of passivity, and an inability to take the initiative, the Palestinians appear to have finally decided to act in their own interest without seeking prior permission from friend or foe.

This new move chimes with other “unilateral” moves designed to upgrade the Palestinians’ status at the UN. This will change little on the ground, but the leadership believes it may slowly build up sufficient political and diplomatic momentum to help define a final resolution based on the two-state solution, otherwise unobtainable via the current negotiations. The appeal to the UN is not intended as a substitute for negotiations, but as a parallel track that involves neither threats nor force. It is also a path that Israel itself trod as a means to its own independence in 1947.

Binyamin Netanyahu may fulminate about Palestinian terrorism (a total of three Israeli civilians have been killed on the West Bank in the past three years, none directly ascribed to Hamas) but the fact is that Mahmoud Abbas, the PA president, is dedicated to non-violence, as is his new government.

via Are these the first blooms of a ‘Palestinian summer’? | Ahmad Samih Khalidi | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Bergdahl Walked Away Before, Military Report Says – NYTimes.com

Its portrayal of him as a soldier is said to be positive, with quotes from both commanders and squadmates — apparently including some of the men now criticizing him — describing him as punctual, always in the correct uniform and asking good questions. It quotes colleagues as saying that he expressed some boredom and frustration that they were not “kicking down doors” more to go after insurgents who were destroying schools.

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The report is also said to contain no mention of any alleged intercepts of radio or cellphone traffic indicating that Sergeant Bergdahl was asking villagers if anyone spoke English and trying to get in touch with the Taliban, as two former squadmates told CNN this week in separate interviews that they remembered hearing about from a translator who received the report.

A leaked military activity report that contemporaneously logged significant events during the initial eight-day search for Sergeant Bergdahl says that at 10:12 a.m. local time on June 30, about six hours after he was reported missing, an unidentified man was overheard on a radio or cellphone saying that an American soldier with a camera “is looking for someone who speaks English.”

Still, the log says nothing about the unidentified man’s saying that the American wanted to get in touch with the Taliban.

via Bergdahl Walked Away Before, Military Report Says – NYTimes.com.

vintage everyday: Coca-Cola Advertisements in Nazi Germany in the 1930s

Coca-Cola was one of the three official beverage sponsors with a Getraenkedienst (beverage service) at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Athletic competition was a Nazi ideal and the Coca-Cola GmbH cashed in heavily on this infatuation by becoming one of the biggest sponsors of sports events, most notably the annual Deutschlandrundfahrt (National Bycicle Championships) and the Soccer Cup.

via vintage everyday: Coca-Cola Advertisements in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Obamacare Skeptics Now Have to Explain Why the Uninsured Rate Is 22 Percent Lower – The Wire

Obamacare Skeptics Now Have to Explain Why the Uninsured Rate Is 22 Percent Lower – The Wire.

The uninsured rate is 13.4 percent for the second month in a row, after dropping from 17.1 percent at the end of 2013, according to new Gallup dataIn other words, the uninsured rate is 22 percent lower now than it was before Obamacare. Skeptics have argued that most Obamacare enrollments are people with cancelled plans, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that an estimated 11 million people gained insurance during a nationwide push to enroll people. At the very least, Obamacare helped. 

ELLE UK Persuades Pharrell Williams into Becoming the Latest Red Face Disgrace

It’s time we stop settling for meaningless apologies and demand that celebrities and brands be held accountable for their actions. It may seem overkill, but we should still be bombarding ELLE, ELLE UK, American Express, and Pharrell’s label and discussing why this is an issue that cannot be fixed with words. Corrective actions must be taken because the only way to stop this willful ignorance is if the offenders feel the consequences, whether it’s through fines or being dropped from labels and tours or losing sponsorships. At this point, an apology doesn’t it cut it because the magazine will still be released with the same cover and the same disrespectful photographs. Pharrell and ELLE magazine will still be promoting and profiting from their blatant disregard of indigenous people and that is unacceptable. Our ancestors did not sacrifice their lives to preserve our cultural heritage so that vapid celebrities, designers and hipsters could feel superior, exotic and trendy by playing “Indian”.

via ELLE UK Persuades Pharrell Williams into Becoming the Latest Red Face Disgrace.

Drones give farmers an eye in the sky to check on crop progress — ScienceDaily

Dennis Bowman, a crop sciences educator with U. of I. Extension, is using two drones to take aerial pictures of crops growing in research plots on the farms.

Bowman intentionally made mistakes on one test plot — “areas where we didn’t apply enough nitrogen fertilizer, where we simulated mistakes in the applicator, where we shut the boom off for a short period of time or plugged it up and ran for a while,” Bowman said. “As the crop gets up and going, we’ll fly over it and see if we can detect those areas sooner than we could visually from the ground. (Watch the drone in action.)

via Drones give farmers an eye in the sky to check on crop progress — ScienceDaily.